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Canadian Association for Supported Employment Conference

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 (All day)


Delta Winnipeg Hotel Winnipeg, MB
49° 53' 59.1144" N, 97° 8' 14.9784" W

Winnipeg will be host to the annual national CASE (Canadian Association for Supported Employment) conference this coming June.  It is expected that over 250 delegates will attend the conference at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel to discuss strategies and successes of supporting persons with disabilities to work. The conference will bring together service providers, advocates and educators to share tools, resources and innovative practices in supported employment. CASE is a national network of service providers and citizens who are concerned about the full participation of persons with disabilities in the Canadian labour force.

| December 23, 2011
| December 22, 2011

Shop talk: public speaking for organizers

Shop talk takes participants through the basics of effective public speaking

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has created a great guide for facilitators about how to run a success workshop on public speaking for union activists. The guide includes handouts, a feedback form for participants to fill out, and charts to draw on during the workshop. The workshop covers:

Characteristics of an effective speaker

How to create an outline for a speech

Practice exercises

Mock presentations for participants to test their skills 


Understanding power for workers

union jobs mean a better community

Union organizers don't have an easy task ahead of them. Workplace politics, stress and anti-union sentiments can take their toll. It's important for organizers to recognize how fear and power can be used to undermine their cause. This workshop outlines how to empower workers and create a safe place where they can conqueor their fears. 

The workshop from Organizing for Power details:

Exercises so workers can recognize how workplace hierarchies can create fear

Identify and confront their fears through discussion


| November 18, 2011
| November 16, 2011

Day School: Understanding and Fighting Austerity

Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 10:30am - 5:00pm


Ryerson Student Union
63 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 29.3004" N, 79° 22' 41.7324" W

What are some of the forces that are driving the current crisis? How is it pushing forward the agenda of business and governments to get working people and our organizations to tighten our belts and accept their calls for austerity? What forms is resistance taking around the world? What are the strengths and limitations of that resistance and what can we learn from it? With the Ford administration's plans to cut social services, dramatically increase privatization and attack the rights of municipal workers, what do we have to do to resist? How must we change the way we have been doing things in our communities and unions in order to prevent our isolation and loss of our livelihoods and key services?


Lisa Raitt's three principles of labour law

Posted below is a slightly longer version of my column in today's Globe and Mail regarding the Harper government's highly creative approach to making up labour law on the run.

Has a sitting Premier ever supported workers over bosses during a strike?

Has a sitting Premier ever supported workers over bosses during a strike? My question is limited to a strike which occurred while the Premier was in office and in the province of said Premier.

However, one doesn't have to limit one's comments to answering my question. ;)


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